Expertise in a world language helps you become a globally engaged citizen who communicates effectively in various linguistic and cultural contexts.
In the Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the University of North Texas, we offer course work leading to a Master of Arts degree in French or Spanish. You'll master language skills through combining required course work and other learning opportunities.
The M.A. degree allows you to teach language courses at a community college, university or in public and private schools. Other options include teaching intensive language programs or working as a translator or interpreter. Teaching intensive language programs can prepare you for working with business professionals and multi-national corporations.
You may also work in the tourism industry.
Our faculty members' varied backgrounds include extensive research, travel and study in the Americas and Europe and involvement in professional organizations.
UNT provides a wide variety of services exclusively to graduate students. The Graduate Student Writing Support office can help you with writing, and the Toulouse Graduate School® offers several professional development workshops. Among the workshops is a Thesis Boot Camp. Many of the workshops are available online for your convenience.
The institutes help you improve your proficiency in French or Spanish and increase your knowledge of French or Hispanic studies. They also allow individuals who can't enroll in a graduate program for professional reasons to earn an M.A. in French or Spanish in three to five summers, depending on transfer credit or the minor field.
While participating in an institute, participants speak the target language for three to six weeks. You can combine summer courses with courses taken during the fall and spring to complete your degree faster.
The center helps you learn nine different languages. It provides 80 computer workstations, more than 30 software programs for self-study and assignments, multi-language audio and video media, satellite reception of international foreign language programs, presentation equipment and additional materials.
You must meet the admission requirements of the graduate school, which are outlined at the graduate school website, in addition to the following program requirements:
Your admission is based on a holistic review of these items including your undergraduate GPA. All factors are weighed equally.
Written comprehensive exams in your major language are required if you don't select the thesis option.
Graduate fellowships and assistantships are available. Language students may also find part-time employment in the World Language Learning Center or the department office, which requires secretarial skills. Information about other financial assistance programs is at the financial aid website.
Jorge Avilés Diz, Assistant Professor and Graduate Advisor in Spanish; Ph.D., University of Salamanca (Spain). 18th- and 19th-century Spanish Peninsular literature.
Pierina Beckman, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Iowa. Medieval and Golden Age Spanish literature; fantastic literature; feminist writers.
Christophe Chaguinian, Associate Professor; Ph.D., Indiana University. French Medieval literature and culture; Catholicism and religious art in 19th-century France.
Will Derusha, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Georgia. Spanish Peninsular poetry and culture of the 20th century.
Marijn S. Kaplan, Professor and Graduate Advisor in French; Ph.D., University of New Mexico. 17th- and 18th-century French literature; women's studies; epistolarity.
Marie-Christine Koop, Professor and Director of the French Summer Institute; Ph.D., Michigan State University. French civilization and culture; social issues and women in France; Quebec society and culture.
Jongsoo Lee, Associate Professor; Ph.D., Indiana University. Indigenous codices in Mexico; Náhuatl language and literature; Spanish-American colonial literature.
Samuel Manickam, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Oklahoma. 20th-century Latin American literature; Mexican literature and film.
Teresa Marrero, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of California-Irvine. Latin American theater; Chicano and U.S. Latino theater; theories of the theater; post-structuralism; women's studies; post-colonial studies; creative writing; cultural theory.
Cristina Sánchez-Conejero, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of California-Santa Barbara. 20th- and 21st-century Spanish Peninsular literature, cinema and culture.
Michel Sirvent, Professor; Ph.D., Université de Provence (France). Nouveau Roman; contemporary fiction; narratology; semiotics; textual analysis; literary theory.
Lawrence Williams, Associate Professor and Associate Chair; Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University. Applied linguistics; second-language acquisition; technology-enhanced language learning; French phonetics.
Jiyoung Yoon, Associate Professor; Ph.D., Indiana University. Spanish syntax and semantics; second language acquisition; applied linguistics.
Dr. Carol Anne Costabile-Heming, Department Chair